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Dec 24, 2013

WWII codebreaker Alan Turing gets royal pardon for gay conviction

LONDON (Reuters) – Mathematician Alan Turing, who helped Britain win World War Two by cracking Nazi Germany’s “unbreakable” Enigma code, was granted a rare royal pardon on Tuesday for a criminal conviction for homosexuality that led to his suicide.

Turing’s electromechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unraveled the code used by German U-boats in the Atlantic. His work at Bletchley Park, Britain’s wartime codebreaking centre, was credited with shortening the war.

Dec 23, 2013

UK retailer M&S apologises after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol

LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – British retailer Marks and
Spencer apologised on Monday to customers angered after
a Muslim checkout worker refused to sell champagne for religious
reasons.

Thousands of customers threatened to boycott M&S, Britain’s
biggest clothing retailer that also sells food, after a till
worker in a London store asked a customer to wait as she would
not handle champagne and called for another staff member.

Dec 21, 2013

Safety checks at London’s historic theatres after ceiling collapse

LONDON (Reuters) – Historic theatres in London’s West End were undergoing checks on Friday after the ceiling of one collapsed, injuring dozens and raising fears about safety at some of the world’s oldest and most elegant playhouses.

Up to 90 people were injured, seven seriously, after a section of ornate plaster ceiling measuring about 10 meters (33 feet) by 10 meters fell onto the audience at the 112-year-old Apollo Theatre during an evening performance on Thursday.

Dec 20, 2013

Almost 90 hurt as ceiling collapses at London theatre

LONDON (Reuters) – Emergency services said nearly 90 people were injured on Thursday when part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance at a packed London theatre, bringing the city’s West End entertainment district to a standstill.

The audience was showered with masonry and debris following the incident at the Apollo Theatre, where about 720 people including many families were watching the hugely popular play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

Dec 19, 2013

More than 80 hurt as London theater ceiling collapses

LONDON (Reuters) – Emergency services said more than 80 people had been injured in a packed London theater on Thursday when part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance, bringing the city’s West End theater district to a standstill.

The audience was showered with masonry and debris following the incident at the Apollo Theatre, where about 720 people including many families were watching the hugely popular play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

Dec 18, 2013

‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs dies aged 84

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Ronnie Biggs, the British
criminal known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963,
died on Wednesday at the age of 84, his spokeswoman said.

Biggs gained notoriety 50 years ago as one of a gang that
stopped a Royal Mail night train and made off with 2.6 million
pounds ($4.2 million), equivalent to about 40 million pounds
today.

Dec 16, 2013

Eurocopter issues safety alert over EC135 fuel gauge error

LONDON (Reuters) – Eurocopter issued a safety alert to operators of its EC135 helicopters on Monday after aircraft from the same fleet as one that crashed into a Scottish pub last month killing 10 people and some in Europe were found with a fuel gauge defect.

UK-based air services company Bond Aviation grounded its fleet of 38 EC135s on December 11, after an air ambulance, one of its 22 aircraft leased in Britain, was found to have a fuel indicator problem. Tests found others also had the same fault.

Dec 12, 2013

UK firm involved in fatal crash grounds EC135 helicopter fleet

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – British-based air services
company Bond Aviation said on Thursday it had suspended its
global fleet of 38 EC135 helicopters following discovery of a
technical fault in one.

A Bond Aviation EC135 helicopter leased to the police
dropped from the sky onto a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov.
29, killing three crew and seven others. Britain’s Air Accidents
Investigation Branch (AAIB) has so far found no evidence of
engine or gearbox failure in that helicopter.

Dec 12, 2013

UK’s Co-op appoints Myners on 1 pound salary to lead review

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s troubled Co-operative
Group named ex-Treasury minister Paul Myners to its
board on Thursday on a token salary of just one pound ($1.6) to
help review the running of the customer-owned retail-to-funerals
operator.

The appointment takes effect immediately, with Myners saying
the group was at a crucial point in its development and facing
serious challenges in terms of business performance.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David Cameron called two emergency meetings to discuss strategy.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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      Swedish, Spanish, French
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